Five Historical Robots

Illustration from "Histoire des jouets" of Jacques Vaucanson's automata. Public domain

Long before Czech playwright Karel Capek coined the term "robot" in his 1920 play "R.U.R.," mechanized creations -- automata -- were being created without electronics or computers. Many were simple, but they paved the way for the robots of today.

Topics in this Podcast: antiquity, science history